Wheat City Tennis Club Hosts Inaugural Open Championship Tournament


The inaugural Wheat City Tennis Club Open Championship wrapped up on Sunday with finals taking place in all four divisions. In the final match of the day, Dennis Bartolome of Brandon overcame a first set loss, but rallied to beat Malcolm Oldcorn of Brandon 4-6, 6-4, 10-5 in the 4.0 Singles Division.

Bartolome started strong and broke early to take a 4-1 lead, but Oldcorn overcame the early break of serve and stormed back. He broke three consecutive times to take the first set. On serve in the second set, Bartolome broke Oldcorn while leading 5-4 to take the second set 6-4 and even the match at a set a piece. He eventually broke early in the third set super tiebreak to take the title in a tightly contested match.

In the 4.0 Doubles Division, Kevin Theile and Boyd White of Dauphin took the division’s championship match over the Brandon team of Eric Platz and Malcolm Oldcorn 6-3, 4-6, 6-3. The Dauphin duo went undefeated in the round robin, going 4-0 and finishing first in the pool. In the tightest final on Sunday, spectators were treated to a back and forth affair that went the distance.

In the 3.5 Singles Division final, Bradley Rathwell of Belmont defeated Jai Cha of Brandon 7-6, 6-3. After storming through the round robin with a 3-0 record and a semifinal win, the first set went to a tiebreak and Rathwell pounced. Taking advantage of two early service breaks he was able to win the tiebreaker 7-1. He broke early in the second set and then broke again to take the title.

In the 3.5 Doubles Division final, Karen Skinner and Singh Oun of Brandon won the title in a walkover. After a tightly contested round robin, they were able to finish first earning them a bye to the final. Their opponents were forced to withdraw due to injury, resulting in the walkover.

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